STL Free Jazz Collective has released a new digital album, Live at the Ozark Theatre, which is available now as a name-your-price download from Bandcamp.com.
As the title suggests, the recording was made at a live performance last December at the Ozark Theatre in Webster Groves.
Along with improvised music from the group's five instrumentalists, the album (pictured) includes three tracks featuring spoken word performances from St. Louis poet laureate Michael Castro, titled "We Need to
Talk," "America Loves Its Guns More Than Its Children," and "St. Louis
The topical focus is no coincidence, said the group's keyboardist Jim Hegarty via email. "The message is yet again really relevant
in the light of recent events," Hegarty said. "We're really into the idea of unity and
we're using our music to share a vision of peace and freedom for
In addition to Hegarty and Castro, the STL Free Jazz Collective includes "Baba" Mike Nelson (trumpet, shells, percussion and vocals), Paul Steinbeck (bass), Gary Sykes (drums), and Jerome "Jay Dubz" Williams (alto sax).
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